5 Reasons Why Kevin Love Doesn’t Belong in 2014 NBA All-Star Game
Not Enough Love
There is no question that Kevin Love is a one-man wrecking crew, but even someone who averages a double-double can’t lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to success, just ask Kevin Garnett. Anyway, Love finally made his first All-Star team as a starter this year for the NBA Western Conference. He is averaging 25 points and 13 rebounds, the fifth straight season Love has averaged a double-double.
Based on individual achievement, Love has done more than enough to make the All-Star team as a starter. He is multi-threat player who can post up, as well as shoot the three-ball. It’s incredible that Love has not been named a starter before, but then I remember that he plays for the Timberwolves and that is enough to end careers.
I am not one to let someone get away so easily, nor am I one to let something go unquestioned, but I question the pick of Love as All-Star starter. His numbers are not what I have problem with, instead I am stuck on the fact that the Timberwolves are 23-24 and Love will be starting in New Orleans on Feb. 16. I am also stuck on the fact that Love earned the starting spot over players like Dwight Howard and LeMarcus Aldridge.
It is hard to argue against Love being on the All-Star team, but I am going to give it a shot anyway, because someone who leads a sub-par team does not deserve a starting spot on the All-Star team. The stats make it hard to development a strong argument against Love, however, here are five reasons why he does not belong in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game.
5. Career Marred By Timberwolves
It is always fun to ask the question, “what if?” What if Love hadn’t been drafted by Minnesota? What if he didn't have to spend his entire career with a terrible team? What if Love developed with a different organization? Would he have a championship ring by now?
There is no question that the Timberwolves have dragged Love down. He has accomplished some great tasks as an individual, but he has nothing to show for on a team level. We will never know the “what ifs” of Love, but his contract with the Timberwolves only hurt his argument for the All-Star team.
4. No Loving Attitude
At times, Mr. Love has been known to become Mr. Angry Pants, and that is understandable; after all, it is the Timberwolves he plays for. But when you average a double-double and you are currently the biggest name on the team roster, you must keep a positive attitude. Sadly, Love has been known to point the finger and blame others for the team’s problems and even his own personal issues. Life isn’t easy and we are defined as well as graded by the way we handle the tough times. Let’s just say Love didn’t exactly pass the test.
3. Where's The Leadership?
Riding on the coat-tails of Love’s bad attitude is his inability to lead. The two essentially exist hand-in-hand as the lack of leadership play into the bad attitude. Love leads the team in scoring and rebounds, so it is safe to say he is the team star and leader. Well, a leader doesn’t point the finger and spread blame. A leader rallies the troops and guides them through the storm. Love would rather add fuel to the fire than act as an extinguisher.
2. All The Wrong Attention
Love’s pick as an All-Star starter came as a bit of a shock to me. Between belittling his teammates and suffering injuries over the last couple of season, the news about Kevin Love usually isn’t positive. An All-Star is someone who thrives individually and as a team. They know how to represent themselves on and off the court, as well as leading in the many different aspects of life. Love is starting to figure it out, but he still has some pieces to the puzzle to find.
1. A Lackluster Resume
When comparing two players, you compare season statistics in all categories, usually followed by the status of that player’s team. If the two players remain similar after those comparisons, then you move to the overall career. Compared to Howard and Aldridge, Love has very little accomplishment in his professional career; that includes not a single trip to the playoffs since being drafted in 2008. I will also add that Love has not played for a winning team at any point in his professional career, which I feel is necessary before starting for the All-Star team.